The deminers still remaining in the Falkland Islands were sincerely thanked for their very dangerous work, with a reception held at their accommodation in Stanley.
Team Leader John Hare and Falklands' Governor Nigel Phillips gave speeches, and the deminers were also thanked by MLA Leona Roberts who said: “Many of us still find it unbelievable to think that one day soon the Islands will be mine-free, and in particular that we will once again be able to see children playing on Yorke Bay; something which many of us would have thought impossible.”
MLA Roberts thanked the deminers, “on behalf of all of the people of the Falklands and on behalf of all the generations of Islanders to come.”
She finished by saying: “Please know that each and every one of you carries with you the undying gratitude and warmest wishes of this community.
“We have spoken about how the minefields were an awful legacy of the war, but the legacy of this team is one of joy and freedom; and what you have done for the Islands will never be forgotten.” (Penguin News)